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Date archive for: May 2016

The Cow That Led Me To Peace

Posted in SpaChix

The greatest failure is the failure to try. – William Ward I never thought a cow would help guide me to my happy place, but it did and here’s how it happened. I am the youngest of three girls – Irish triplets (each about one year apart), each with our very own unique style and creative spirit. I saw a painting of a cow in a magazine several years which I saved and repeatedly asked my middle sister (a talented artist) to paint it for me. I kept asking and asking like only a little sister can until she eventually…

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Dirty Mouth

Posted in ChickTwenty

I have a dirty, pirate-hooker, no-good filthy mouth. I don’t do it on purpose. In fact, more often than not, I am embarrassed by the horrific things I say in front of people. But I enjoy cursing. Yes, I know I appear immature and classless, but there are moments when “Oh my goodness” just doesn’t f***ing cut it. My mother says she doesn’t know how or when it started. But she does recall dropping a dish in the kitchen when I was roughly 3 years old and hearing a quiet voice from the hallway exclaim “Shit!” She explained to me…

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An Open Letter to My Son

Posted in FreedomChik18

My Dearest Baby Boy, I talk to you in your sleep. After ten years of being your Mom, I still get stage fright when our conversations turn to deep, meaningful things. When you are sleeping, the anxiety of saying the wrong thing goes away. I am the best Mommy in the world when you are dreaming. When I was your age, I loved life. I can still hear the grinding crunch of the pencil sharpener as I turned the lever round and round. Feel the smooth edges against my fingertip as I examined the freshly sharpened point it made on…

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Checking In

Posted in luckychik13

Last night I realized that what was tomorrow at the time but is now today was Friday, May 13. The thirteenth – the day I regularly post to 30 Chix. Just last month I wrote about my struggles with mental illness. I experienced an unbelievable (if rather brief) high that came from the catharsis of writing about a hidden truth of my life. Even though I was only sharing (mostly) anonymously with a virtual world, it was an incredibly uplifting experience. And then came the crash. No, not a total wipe-out. Instead it has been a gradual sinking into blueness.…

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My 21st Century Family

Posted in chick'nmiddle15

So, I walked in the door the other day and no one answered my call of “Hello”. Hmmm . . . where was everybody? As I slowly made my way around the house I discovered that everyone was in fact home but each so wrapped up in their own technology bubble that they didn’t have time for little old me. Not too long ago technology was merely a bunch of cool toys used as entertainment or a distraction from everyday life. Now it is a vital part of our lives, both personally and professionally. Here is a quick tour of…

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Never Say Never

Posted in 1FineChik

Never Say Never . . . The Universe Hears You!! If I could be my own life coach, I would always point a finger at this face and say, “Never say never!!!!” I might also say, “Don’t be snarky or judgmental.” Why?? Because the universe pays attention to these moments and decides to perform an “I’ll show her moment.” Over and over again I have said never . . . and then over and over again what I never wanted to happen . . . did! The twist is that those never moments turn out to be quite beautiful! Very…

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Posted in Chika12

I wrote this piece a few months ago after listening to a fascinating and inspiring interview of Elon Musk by Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy - I am not an expert on Elon Musk. in fact I only know what I gleaned from my internet research and listening to the hour long interview. But, I confess, I am now a little bit in love with him and a lot in awe! But back to Elon Musk (founder of PayPal, Tesla and most recently, CEO of SpaceX). He has a remarkable vision for our future; a future that he…

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A Short Trip

Posted in McChik10

Recently I was lucky enough to get a short trip to The Netherlands, my husband had to go for work, so I decided to tag along. It was in March the weather was not good, cold and wet, but it was fun to visit again. It made me realize how alike yet very different life is here in the USA and over there. It’s great that so many people in The Netherlands actually speak English, so if your thinking of visiting Europe and feel intimidated by the language barrier, The Netherlands is the place to go, I don’t think I…

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Posted in starchiksix

I normally skip over Go Fund Me accounts and any other fundraisers for that matter. It has become an crutch for many people. Oh, I can’t pay my rent, I wanna take a trip, etc. Don’t get me wrong I know it’s hard out here for a pimp, or nurse, teacher, mechanic…. You get the gist of what I’m saying. It wasn’t until the last two weeks that I started reading them and contemplating donating. Today, I read a story of a young teenager who died of a massive heart attack. He left behind his mom, a single mother, and…

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The Millennial Teacher

Posted in Chic#5

This is my life… A little background on Chic#5…growing up, I ALWAYS wanted to be a teacher.  As a kid, my stuffed animals represented the students in my “class.” I had assignments, conferences, reports cards, etc. for each and every one of them. Years later, I found myself attending the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at ASU, graduated in 2005, and next thing I knew, I was teaching 4th grade at a brand new Elementary School in the Valley. During my five years in the classroom, I learned a tremendous amount, and not just about my profession…I learned what…

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